Truk is a wreck divers paradise! The island's lagoon provided the
Japanese with a deep and safe anchorage for freighters, tankers
and supply ships, a vital logistic and strategic staging post during
World War II as the Japanese Fleet swept all before it on its seemingly
invincible march across the Pacific. By 1944, as Japan was in retreat
across all fronts, Truk would often contain dozens of warships and
supply ships. On 17-18 February 1944, during Operation Hailstorm,
the US Fleet launched a massive air attack on the Japanese Fleet
lying in Truk Lagoon. Over 60 ships now rest on the sea floor, encrusted
in a wealth of corals and sponges and shrouded in colourful clouds
of fish. Some of the wrecks are too deep from conventional scuba
diving but the majority are accessible to divers of all experiences.
The Blue Lagoon Resort and Truk Stop provide convenient bases for those looking
for occasional diving, while the liveaboard Truk Odyssey operates extended charters to Truk's
legendary "Ghost Fleet".